Oakland Athletics vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 8/20/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 8/20/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks (13-12) at Oakland Athletics (17-8)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 9:40 pm (Ring Central Coliseum)

Alex Young (1-0) (3.86) vs. Sean Manaea (0-2) (7.65)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -150 / Arizona Diamondbacks +139 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics meet Thursday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.

The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a win after winning six of their last seven games. The Diamondbacks have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than one run. Ketel Marte leads the Diamondbacks with 33 hits and nine RBI while Starling Marte and David Peralta have combined for 58 hits and 28 RBI. Alex Young gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Young’s first career game against the Athletics.

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The Oakland Athletics look for a win after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Athletics have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Athletics have won five straight games when scoring four or more runs. Matt Chapman leads the Athletics with 24 hits and 17 RBI while Marcus Semien and Mark Canha have combined for 47 hits and 26 RBI. Sean Manaea gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 7.65 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Manaea’s second career game against the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks are 6-20 in their last 26 during game 4 of a series. The Athletics are 22-8 in their last 30 during game 4 of a series, 37-14 in their last 51 home games and 23-9 in their last 32 Thursday games. The over is 4-0 in Diamondbacks last 4 road games. The over is 5-1 in Athletics last 6 overall. The Diamondbacks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Oakland.

Young has had issues this month, allowing five runs and 11 hits in his last 10 innings. Manaea has had issues all year, allowing 17 earned runs and 27 hits in 20 innings. It's tough to side with Manaea and juice, but he is a better pitcher than what he's shown up to this point and will figure things out eventually. The Oakland Athletics are also the better team here with an offense that can support a roughed up pitcher. I'm still riding the A's hot wave as long as the prices are reasonable. 

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Randy’s Pick Oakland Athletics -150

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